The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville is one of the country’s best zoos, featuring almost 400 species of animals and more than 200 species of plants. The gorillas are the zoo’s most famous residents, and feeding the giraffes is a hit with kids and adults alike. Other animals aren’t technically zoo residents: The zoo’s lush vegetation attracts wild colonies of herons, egrets, ibises, and storks.

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